A Cheshire man and the former director of food and nutrition for the Vernon Board of Education was charged last week with stealing $648 from a school cafeteria cash deposit bag in May, according to police.
Paul Olson, 54, of 857 Farmington Drive, was charged Thursday with second-degree larceny, providing a false statement, criminal impersonation, third-degree identity theft and second-degree forgery.
In May, Vernon police began investigating the possible theft of food service funds from the Board of Education, according to a police report. After a lengthy investigation, police said they determined Olson, the director of food and nutrition for the Board of Education at the time, stole a cash deposit bag on May 22 containing $648 in cafeteria proceeds.
Part of Olson’s job was to count the cash from each school’s cafeteria and give it to a courier for deposit at a bank, the report said. On May 22, the courier told police Olson said he deposited the cash and she notified her supervisors because this was against protocol.
Police determined Olson forged the signature of the courier on a daily log sheet to document the deposit of the money from the stolen cash deposit bag, the report said. Olson gave false statements to police during the course of the investigation.
Olson was released on $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Rockville Superior Court on Dec. 11.